Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus was not a big seller on any platform. Bethesda has yet to talk about the sales of the game, and it only moved several hundred thousand copies on PC over the course of several months, which is abysmal when compared to games like Vermintide 2, which sold 1 million copies on PC alone within six weeks of release, as reported by PCGamesN.
Well, in a postmortem about the marketing decisions and promotion of Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, GamesIndustry.biz asked MachineGames creative director, Jens Matthies, about the input and feelings that President Trump’s brother, Robert Trump, had on the game, since he’s on the board of directors at ZeniMax.
According to Matthies, the team met with the ZeniMax president each month, and also received support from all of the board members, including Trump, when the presentations were made during the meetings. Matthies told Games Industry…
“Like I said before, there are no secrets within the organization. We meet with the president [of ZeniMax] every month and we go through everything we’re doing. I would say everyone on the board and the chairman have been incredibly supportive of what we’re doing. They’re big fans of the game, and as a developer, that’s amazing. I think that’s also pretty unique for Bethesda. A game like ours would be way too controversial to be made at any other publisher.”
Well, the Alt-Right was definitely not supportive of the game.
The controversy for Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus came in the form of the company promoting Communism over Nazism, and attempting to draw ties between President Trump’s America and the Nazi-occupied America depicted in the game.
It’s safe to say that the Alt-Right were not at all pleased with Wolfenstein 2, or the fact that the game depicted minorities attempting to take back America from whites. In fact, there were (and still are) extremely heated debates on the Steam forums between the Alt-Right and many Communists, which resulted in the moderators banning and censoring threads involving both groups.
Word quickly spread how the game had a lot of anti-white propaganda within it and how it didn’t negatively portray Communism the way it did Nazism. It quickly picked up the moniker of being an SJW game, and gamers warned others away from it for being a linear, limited, cinematic-laden piece of propaganda.
Many outlets still praised Bethesda to the point where it won Metacritic’s top-rated publisher of the year award, even beating out Nintendo.